There are No Excuses

 

 

 

There are no excuses. You know what stopped me from doing legs for the longest of time? No pain, not being tight…fear. I was scared that if I went hard again, I would blow out my knee. What is pretty stupid about the whole thing was that was not even how I got injured. I got injured the play after I achieved my goal of dunking over this guy who was 6 foot 5. The next play, someone kneed me right in the outside of my knee, drove it down into the ground, and tore the hell out of the cartilage. It had nothing to do with lifting…in fact…the doctor told me that all of the jump training I did for the previous 3 months probably saved my knee from a total blowout. This morning, day 2 of 40, was dedicated to going hard and getting past my fears.

 

 

I have never felt so satisfied after a workout. No it wasn’t the hardest leg workout in the world, but it was a major victory for me. I proved to myself after 700lb leg presses for 12 reps that my legs are strong enough and they are ready. I went on to continue to push myself with other exercises, and my legs responded incredibly well. Legs has been the missing part to my bodybuilding…and with them back…there is nothing that can stop me.

The gym is a metaphor that I use for life…particularly your mind. In the gym, you can literally control everything. The work you put in becomes the work you get out. There are no shortcuts, no places to hide, it is just you and the mirror in front of you. Your mind is very much the same. With enough practice, you can turn your mind into a machine. However, just like those who don’t go to the gym and practice, you can also have a “soft” mind.

I was asked the other day, “Why doesn’t anything bug you?” My answer after saying that of course there are things that bug me was…”Lots and lots of practice.” If I had to characterize my mind 2 years ago, I would have said it was a screaming, crying, complaining adolescent who had no self-control and consistently threw temper tantrums. I had a weak mind. One that manifested itself in the worst possible ways. However, I believe that practicing, focusing, and challenging the mind every single day is just as important as challenging your body. You might have an absolutely killer body, but with a weak mind, you are just a slab of meat. I want to be that man who you can sit down with and talk to for hours, and by the way, turn heads with a body that is a result of the mind. I am well on my way to making this happen.

The battle is in your mind. If you can control your mind somewhat, you have a much better chance of achieving your dreams than anyone else out there. If you let yourself aimlessly float along however, you are like a blind man throwing a dart in the bar hoping it lands on something worth points. Chances are…your going to hear a yelp. Focus your mind. Look yourself in the eyes every single day…because the eyes are the portal to the soul.

 

 

Evan Sanders

 

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  • apb148
    April 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t know if you’ve ever seen one of my recent videos on YouTube, but this is part of the thing I’ve been talking about recently. Of course I’ve been posting some of those videos on my blog. Both are the same name “apb148”
    I wish you luck, and am cheering you on.

  • Doris
    April 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
    Only I will remain.
    by Frank Herbert

    You are such an inspiration to me, I felt bless when you were freshly press, I always look forward to your post. Thank you for following my blog (I almost had a heart attack when I saw it; you see you are a celebrity in word press ;). Don’t stop believing…

  • Doris
    April 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    oh I took the liberty of putting you on my links page. Hope you don’t mind πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah Myers
    April 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I never thought about the image of the gym as a place where we can control everything. Makes me smile. I think you may be right! Some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing them, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • Gary Simning
    April 9, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Evan,

    What you said about a weak unfocused mind is so true. It is a terrible feeling when you are unfocused and circumstances just seem to push you around. Thanks for the post.

  • omwaombara
    April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love your courage and determination. The key to achieving. I love this blog. Thanks for sharing this. Zero per cent to fear!

  • evea192
    April 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Nice, and all so true. One has to look in the mirror and confront the one they see there, for it is him that cam make or brake u.

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